GEORGE WASHINGTON IN FRANKLIN'S NEWSPAPER. FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN, printer.  The Pennsylvania Gazette.  Philadelphia: B. Franklin and D. Hall, March 12, 1754. No 1316.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON IN FRANKLIN'S NEWSPAPER.
FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN, printer.
The Pennsylvania Gazette. Philadelphia: B. Franklin and D. Hall, March 12, 1754. No 1316.

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GEORGE WASHINGTON IN FRANKLIN'S NEWSPAPER.
FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN, printer. The Pennsylvania Gazette. Philadelphia: B. Franklin and D. Hall, March 12, 1754. No 1316.
Bifolium (378 x 247 mm), printed in 3 columns. Disbound, tiny chips at fold, some faint old creasing obscuring a few lines of text, some light spotting, tops of a few letters shaved on first line of p 3, but a very nice example overall.

REPORTING THE EXPLOITS OF 22-YEAR OLD MAJOR GEORGE WASHINGTON in the direct lead up to the French and Indian War. The first page records a speech made by Robert Dinwiddie, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, to the General Assembly at Williamsburg on February 8, 1752, detailing an alarming development reported to him by then Major George Washington. Having been dispatched to meet the Commandant of the French forces on the Ohio River and demand their withdrawal, Washington reported back that the French had been making preparations to erect a new fort further downriver, and that they had been seizing the goods of Virginia traders and sending them as prisoners to Quebec. Dinwiddie urges the Assembly to approve the provision of a military expedition to head off the approach of the French; the paper goes on to report the Assembly's pledge of support, and Dinwiddie's proclamation that a fort be built at the fork of the Monongabela, "to oppose any further Encroachments, or hostile Atempts of the French." Washington returned to the Ohio valley with a larger troop, and on May 28 ambushed and defeated the French forces in what is now known as the Battle of Jumonville, the opening affair of the French and Indian War.
Any earlier printing regarding George Washington is virtually unobtainable.
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